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Clothing Diapering on a Budget: Prefolds and Covers

When you think about cloth diapering on a budget, I guarantee you probably go straight to thinking about prefolds and diaper covers.  It's the most economical choice {unless you have expensive tastes for say, super fine cashmere wool covers} when it comes to using cloth diapers – or any diapers for that matter.


It is pretty amazing that realistically, you could cloth diaper a child for right at $100 for the entire time they are in cloth.  Sure – we can argue it up both sides and down – you might want smaller prefolds when they're younger, etc, but it can be done and probably for less than $100 if you really tried.

I'm no expert on prefolds or flats.  I used them very little with both of my girls.  They were probably my favorite way to cloth diaper in the first few weeks of Sophia and Moreaya's life because they were cheap and easy.  I simply tri-folded a prefold and laid it in a cover.  I even used a snappi a few times on Moreaya with a cover.  The reason – they were cheap.  When I was changing so many diapers everyday and most of our OS diapers were too big, I didn't want to invest in newborn pockets or AIOs just for a few weeks. 


A prefold and cover was actually Sophia's first cloth diaper that she ever wore… at 3 weeks old.

Another great thing about using prefolds and covers is the fact that anything can become a prefold.  When we talked about cloth diapering really cheap, I shared that covers have been stuffed with numerous items – old t-shirts, receiving blankets, towels…  Think about it.  There weren't PUL covers back in the day – people used what they had.  Although we have convenience now, your "Grandma-style of cloth diapering" is still totally doable today.



  1. Purple :)

  2. I like the sapphire cover

  3. Sapphire DIpe~

  4. Jessica O says:

    I like the Bright Yellow diaper!

  5. Penguin!

  6. Brittny Burbano

    the little penguin one!

  7. Katie L.

    Apple Green is my fave.

  8. LOVE the Penguins! Since that is a print though, the Sapphire is my favorite color :-)

  9. Keara B. says:

    I love the Purple, but the Penguins are my favorite! I just got a wet bag in the Penguin pring and my toddler loves it. :)

  10. Jennifer H says:

    Black :)

  11. Marissa Hoover says:

    I would love this to start me on cloth diapering my little princess.

  12. I love the penguin but the stylish black would also come in handy!

  13. the penguins of course!

  14. penguin

  15. Leann L says:

    I love the penguin cover.

  16. I love the penguins! Color wise, sapphire. 

  17. I like the sapphire! 

  18. vickie couturier says:

    I like the green apple

  19. krystal rivera says:

    I really like the sapphire

  20. Destiny W. says:

    love the little penguins

  21. Hayley s

    I love the apple green!

  22. Hayley s

    I like the apple green!

  23. Jessica Anderson says:

    I love Sapphire!!

  24. michaele says:


  25. I love the bright yellow cover. : ) 

  26. I really like the sapphire. That is my favorite.

  27. Sapphire!

  28. Carrie C says:

    I love the color "Apple Green"!

  29. I would choose the Polka Dot :)

  30. Lexi Sohayda says:

    My favorite is the penguin sweet pea diaper cover.

  31. Jessie H says:

    I don't know if I could choose between apple green & indigo blue.

  32. Aimee P. says:

    Indigo blue is my favorite

  33. expecting mommy


  34. Charlotte R says:

    I like the Penguin cover.

  35. Julie Ghrist says:

    i like penguin

  36. Megan Murphy says:

    Love love love the penguin, closely followed by purple. :)

  37. Megan Murphy says:

    Love love love the penguins, closely followed by purple. :)

  38. Esther

    I'd go with the red, because a good red can be so hard to find!

  39. Esther

    I'm a fan of the red. Not many companies have a good red color, so that would be great! 

  40. Ashley

    I love the penguin cover-my boys are big in to Pengu on Netflix so I bet they'd love to see their baby sibling in this :)

  41. Nicole Bear says:

    Indigo blue

  42. SO CUTE! I love the penguins!

  43. Hannah Avery says:

    I like the Apple Green or the Red

  44. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I like the penguins!

  45. Bekah Kuczenski

    I love the Indigo Blue!!

  46. I would choose the penguin cover, it's adorable :)

  47. Danielle

    I like the penguin and the purple!

  48. Love the apple green color!

  49. vickie couturier says:

    I like the Apple Green color

  50. Rebecca Peters says:

    I would choose purple, its my favorite. 

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